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March '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • March 2019 • 81 Uses and Places for Standoffs Standoff systems are used anywhere there is a need to display text, graphics or a combination of both, says David Pountney, managing director of Pizazz Display Systems, a mounting hardware manufacturer in Auckland, New Zealand. "The range of applications is incred- ible," Pountney says. "There is an array of uses and applications and individuality. The creativity is mind-blowing." Standoffs appear at sites of public foot traffic where signs are needed for infor- mation, directions or decoration. They have many applications from a basic sign or directory to exhibiting artwork, pho- tography and museum artifacts; enhanc- ing donor walls and plaques; protecting art, fossils or museum pieces under glass, plastic or acrylic; and becoming part of shelving systems and displays. They pri- marily are used in commercial applica- tions, appearing in galleries, museums, restaurants, retail outlets, shopping centers, airports, hospitals, universi- ties, hotels, movie theaters, lobbies and offices. "Within the past 10 years, the usage of standoffs has taken a dramatic turn from utilitarian usage to a more deco- rative usage," says Paul Bernstein, vice- president of Metomic Corporation, a manufacturer of standoff systems in Chicago. "You can find them being used on directory signs, point-of-purchase signs, donor walls and wayfinding sig- nage. Both inside and outside, their usage has increased several-fold." Another use is in marketing and pro- motions because of the appeal of their appearance, says Tom Merminod, chief operating officer of MBS Standoffs in Tampa, Florida, which specializes in aluminum and stainless steel standoffs. "In short, it just makes your sign more appealing to the eye, allowing for the essential components of market- ing a business, recognizing a company's brand, guiding us and drawing attention to promotions," Merminod says. "There truly are no drawbacks to standoffs; all they do is add value to the sign." One such value is seen in their lifes- pan, having no expiration date with your vision... and your options. Magnum Magnetics ® introduces EnGage ™ an easy to install printable magnetic receptive media that is durable and has excellent adhesion. EnGage media is engineered with an optimized surface for superior print quality and offers a neutral white point. EnGage offers an impressive array of benefi ts from large format printer compatibility and no edge chipping without sacrifi cing per- formance at an affordable price point. It's what you expect from the trusted force in fl exible magnetics. MagnumMagnetics.com/engage 800.258.0991 | sales@magnummagnetics.com

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